Gifts or Wages

13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; 15 for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation (Romans 4).

We were not made heirs both through keeping the Law, as well as through faith.  The promises of God are not fulfilled by both Law and faith.  This is because the Law only brings wrath (because of our inability to fully keep it), whereas faith brings righteousness (the fulfillment of the Law itself).  The promise of God is either fulfilled by faith or nullified by the Law, take your pick.

We can’t have it both ways.  We cannot earn salvation through keeping the Law, as well as receive it by faith.  Works earn, while faith receives.  It would be like a child refusing to receive her birthday present because she didn’t believe she deserved it.  Trying to have it both ways — trying to earn salvation by works, as well as receiving it by faith — is just silly.  The two are mutually exclusive.

To think that God somehow loves me a little bit more when I am a good person — or loves me a little bit less whenever I disappoint Him — well, that kind of thinking is just as silly.  The gift of salvation has been given because of our faith and will never be takenaway because of our works falling short.

Thank You, Lord, that Your promise to us is received as a gift by faith and not earned as a wage through works.  Help us This Day to continue to receive by faith all Your good gifts to us.  Amen.